Welcome back to my World Card Making Day Week! This is Day 3 and I have lots randomness for you today before announcing today's giveaway.
First, we have a winner from Day 1's prize of Melissa Frances rub-ons. The lucky person is Avital! And I thought I should mention, Avital, who lives in Ireland, has a great website with "Creativity Prompts" and a book about unleashing your creativity. It is worth checking out HERE.
And you still have time to enter Monday's giveaway HERE. I can't believe the cool places you are all from. It just amazes me how so many people from so many amazing places and walks of life all connect through our hobby. God is good.
Next, I have some few non-cardmaking enabling things…
I love the smell of candles in my house, but always fear the worst with having them around. And plug-ins just don't cut it for me. Jen Harrison told me about Scentsy and I ordered some from a person in Utah that I have never met. I LOVE these products. The smell it puts throughout the house is incredible. It works like a candle but without a flame – it instead uses a light. Really worth checking out. I love many of their smells. If you are interested in ordering, go to THIS link and it will hook you up with the kind Brianna that has helped me so much. I have the warmer shown below along with a few different bricks. (And, Jana, if you are reading this: don't order one. Just don't do it. I guess now you know why I asked about your favorite scents. Hee.
2. Target Dollar Spot Whoopie Cushions
Yes, you heard me right. Need a good laugh with the family? Get a few of the whoppie cushions in the Target Dollar section. They have cute Halloween ones… even mini ones. The girls got several of them for Uncle Mike this weekend – and we laughed so much. So hard. Needed that! Poor Jana had to put up with our family laughing like mad.
3. Target Owl Pajamas
Kay spotted these adorable pajamas in the kids section at Target. After she got home, she told me about them. So, we had to head back the next day to get three sets: one for Kay, one for Audrey and one for me. (Yes, Kay and I wear the same size. She is actually a bit taller than me!) They are super adorable. I love having fun with them – being three pals.
Next… how about some fun links…
1. Want to play in a fun challenge? Where you could win 29 cards made by some talented cardmakers? Check out THIS. Melanie over at 2peas has a contest going on where you have to guess which artists made which cards. And if you get the most right, you win all the cards! Fun.
3. You really must go check out Nichol Magouirk's blog. She has added some amazing projects lately. So inspiring!
Now… a few Q&A's…
Q: You send a lot of giveaways. Who pays for the shipping – do you?
A: I do a lot of giveaways for a few reasons. One: This industry has been generous to me, so I like to pay it forward. Second: I am always trying to cut back on supplies. Third and most importantly: It simply feels good. Yes, I do pay for the shipping. But, really, if I just skip a few Starbucks treats and drive by Target more often instead of going in, it isn't a big deal. And, a few kind people have donated to help pay for shipping of prizes for the card drives. (Connie Williams and Donna Reese from Stamp Your Art Out, Jana and others.) I simply like to pay it forward.
Q: Any tips for someone who wants to turn this hobby into a career?
A: This is a tough one. I really don't have a good answer to this. I think a lot of it has to be about meeting the right people at the right time. I was blessed to meet Robin Johnson many years ago, only a few months after starting to scrapbook. And she introduced me to Jeff Lam, who owned Autumn Leaves. So, I have Robin to thank for opening doors for me. I think I would still be a boring ole' engineer if it wouldn't have been for her. But the best advice I can give is to get your work published as much as possible – magazines, online galleries, contests, etc. Soon, someone will notice you and your hobby could very well become a career. (And, yes, it is very possible!)
Next, let's do a quick share…
OK… time for the giveaway for today!
A random winner will get these fun goodies from Heidi Swapp:
By Wednesday at 11:59pmEDT, leave a comment on this post sharing something with me that you love: a new stamp, favorite product, movie, book – anything. I will post a winner on Thursday for those Heidi Swapp goodies.
OK… off to finish up a handout for my classes this weekend. Bye!